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's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under way in 34 states. we'll throw it to the moderator. >> good evening from the magness arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour, and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission
to jim lehrer, not the american people. it was a stunning but i think the key now for the obama campaign is not to panic. remember, walter mondale beat reagan in the first debate, went from 18 points down to 4 or 5 down, and wound up losing 49 states. don't panic. stay on message. put surrogates out there to rebut the things that he talked about in your opening. but don't put david axelrod and david plouffe out. >> he's a little too late on that one. >> i'm saying from now. they're very good guys, they're smart, but they're in the campaign. put ow elected officials, put out deval patrick. put out jennifer granholm and have them deliver the message. >> we are going to talk a lot about style and substance, and the president and what he did and did not do last night. but in terms of the response to mitt romney, i think part of the problem was nobody was expecting mitt romney to say things like, there's no $5 trillion debt to walk away from the tax cut, something he's been hammering for quite a while, em brabracin obama care, sand shifting under everyone's feet. >> no doubt it was unexpected
a fresh coat of paint. jim lehrer of pbs is prepared to moderate. andrea mitchell joins us now from denver. you know, they have three debates coming up. we're hearing that tonight's is going to be the most important. why is that? >> reporter: well, it's the first. wendy, this is the first chance we have to see these men face to face. they've been trading charges back and forth as well as their surrogates through speeches, stump speeches and also the campaign advertisements. this is going to be the first time they challenge each other. this format is designed to let them do exactly that. you'll not have opening statements. there are two-minute closing statements from each of them. but they'll be able to question each other, all on domestic policy. but we're told mitt romney does want to try to bring benghazi into the mix. they think there's an opening there to weaken the president by what went wrong in libya by that fatal attack. >> the race has tightpened nationally a little bit. two of the three battleground states is a statistical tie at this point. yet romney is still considered an unde
-existing conditions are covered under my plan. >> huh? okay. do the brakes work? >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop this subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs. i love big bird. >> let's not. let's let him respond. >> i get the last word. let me make this comment. >> nope. come on, mr. president, give us a peek under the hood. >> five week before the election he's saying that his big, bold idea is never mind. is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they're too good? is it because that somehow middle class a families are going to benefit too much? ♪ i guess you're just what i needed ♪ >>> we begin with the president criticized as being less than effective last night by hyperventilating pundits across the board, but now getting his own chance to put a spin on the first presidential debate. fresh off last night's face-off, the president is hitting the trail in key swing states. he's just touched down in madison, wisconsin, for a rally within the hour. >>> and earlier this afternoon the president described his own complete and utte
? okay. do the brakes work? >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop this subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs. i love big bird. >> let's not. let's let him respond. >> i get the last word. let me make this comment. >> nope. come on, mr. president, give us a peek under the hood. >> five week before the election he's saying that his big, bold idea is never mind. is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they're too good? is it because that somehow middle class a families are going to benefit too much? ♪ i guess you're just what i needed ♪ >>> we begin with the president criticized as being less than effective last night by hyperventilating pundits across the board, but now getting his own chance to put a spin on the first presidential debate. fresh off last night's face-off, the president is hitting the trail in key swing states. he's just touched down in madison, wisconsin, for a rally within the hour. >>> and earlier this afternoon the president described his own complete and utter surprise at the man he met last night
no idea. i have absolutely no idea why. i'm surprised jim lehrer didn't ask about it. i was surprised romney didn't affirmatively try to defuse it himself. i was surprised that obama didn't bring it up. biggest surprise for me of the night is that it didn't come up. it's been the dominant thing in our debate for the last few weeks. >> david axelrod is coming up. jon meacham, you look over the past 25 years, 30 years or so, and you look at the republican presidential candidates who all have strengths, they've all been remarkable men in their own way, but not good debaters. you know, republicans have held our breath through the john mccain debates and the george w. bush debates and the bob dole debates and the george h.w. debates. again, a great man, a horrific debater. you know, the famous jon lovitz line, "i can't believe i'm losing to this guy." playing michael dukakis. you really do have to go back to ronald reagan to find a republican that was in command during a presidential debate. and i predict that's going to excite the republican base in a way it hasn't been excited in a very
presidential debate. among our guests obama depppy campaign manager stephanie cutter, michael benefit and jim talent. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. so anyway, i've been to a lot of places. you know, i've helped a lot of people save a lot of money. but today...( sfx: loud noise of large metal object hitting the ground) things have been a little strange. (sfx: sound of piano smashing) roadrunner: meep meep. meep meep? (sfx: loud thud sound) what a strange place. geico®. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. we create easy-to-use, powerful trading tools for all. look at these streaming charts! they're totally customizable and they let you visualize what might happen next. that's genius! we knew you needed a platform that could really help you elevate your trading. so we built it. chances of making this? it's a lot easier to find out if a trade is potentially profitable. just use our trade & probability calculator and there it is. for all the reasons you trade options - from income to risk management to diversification - you'll have the tools
sitting on the panel that year, that very year. jim lehrer's book on the debate includes the panelists, including you discussed bernie's question in the greenroom and there was concern among your group about asking that question. what was the feeling then? >> the feeling was, you saw three women, ann compton, margaret warner, myself and bernie. bernie had one question to ask as the moderator and we each got two and the format was tight and controlled and had a feeling we were sharing notes because we cannot didn't want to repeat each other because there would be no opportunity to follow up. this is what he said he would ask. think back, 1988, people didn't can those questions and we looked coiled and maybe it's gender, do you really want to ask that about kitty dukakis and bring her in the campaign? he said yes. jim lehrer reports it correctly, we said do you really want to do that and he pushed back independently -- >> you know how bernard is. >> the thought is that's the only thing anybody remembered. i asked about the budget and about the nuclear triad and bernie asked the question
study. jim burke was a navy veteran. after his business career he chaired the partnership for a drug-free america and was awarded the presidential medal of freedom. the word from los angeles today, seth macfarlane will host this year's oscars, a master of all voices, says his goal is to channel the great hosts of the past, like bob hope and johnnie carson. >>> up next, an update on a little girl who >>> finally here tonight we asked our team in afghanistan this week to check in on some friends of ours. they don't have parents of their own, but they do have a close family all around them. in kabul, of all places. and when we first aired their story, you responded in a big way, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to these kids, and the woman who is making a difference in their lives. we first met the girls of the orphanage three years ago. oh, you want me to put on your glasses, and you're going to put on my glasses. how do we look? they were just being girls. but just the same, their life took place inside an orphanage in afghanistan. we met and got to know the woman who runs th
right here on "mad money," i'm jim cramer. i will see you tomorrow. >>> this morning on "early today," economic divide. how americans are reacting to last night's first presidential debate. >>> out of order. fists fly during a sentencing hearing in a south carolina courtroom. >>> and crowning achievement. detroit third baseman miguel cabrera joins one of major league baseball's most elite groups. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with an economic showdown. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night. in what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's tracie potts is in denver for us. she has a preview. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the pressure was on for romney to perform, to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even republicans called one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to
, even to the and moderator, jim lehrer from pbs. >> i like pbs, big bird, you, too, but i'm not going to keep on spending money. >> i want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street, but he's going to crack down on sesame street. >> the debate was civil. but today a key romney surrogate said this. >> what people saw last night was a president that revealed his incompetencies, how lazy and detached he is. >> did you really mean to call barack obama lazy? >> he didn't want to prepare for this debate. he's lazy and disengaged. >> now, the pressure is on paul ryan and joe biden in a debate next week. >> i don't want to say anything in the debate that's not completely accurate. >> and the stakes are a lot higher for the president to come up with a different game plan for his next debate with mitt romney two weeks from now. brian? >> andrea mitchell remains in denver tonight. thanks. and, of course, thanks to social media, getting reaction to a debate isn't a morning-after thing anymore. it's a real time thing and the talk about the event in denver is stil
state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough tax cuts to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: on medicare and social security one agreement. >> neither the president nor i are proposing any changes for any current retirees or near retirees. >> reporter: in ten years romney wants a private medicare option. >> aarp has said that your plan would weaken medicare substantially. >> reporter: romney
this comment. i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs, i love big bird. i actually like you, too. i'm not going to keep spending money on things -- >> let's -- >> let's get back to medicare. the president said the government could provide it at a lower cost without a profit. let's -- >> let's not. let's let him respond. let's let him respond to this specific on dodd/frank and what the governor just said. >> massachusetts governor mitt romney rolling over the debate moderator, jim lehrer, of pbs last night during the first presidential debate of this campaign season. joining us now for the interview is dan rather, host of "dan rather reports" on access tv. anchor of cbs' "evening news" for 20 years and a veteran observer of the campaigns. thank you. >> always a pleasure to be here. >> what is your reaction overall to the debate last night? i am amssuing you think mitt romney won the debate. what do you think is important about it? >> i think what's important about it is it gives governor romney a chance to get a second look from the electorate. when he was in a bad p
'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs, i love big bird. i actually like you, too. i'm not going to keep spending money on things -- >> let's -- >> let's get back to medicare. the president said the government could provide it at a lower cost without a profit. let's -- >> let's not. let's let him respond. let's let him respond to this specific on dodd/frank and what the governor just said. >> massachusetts governor mitt romney rolling over the debate moderator, jim lehrer, of pbs last night during the first presidential debate of this campaign season. joining us now for the interview is dan rather, host of "dan rather reports" on access tv. anchor of cbs' "evening news" for 20 years and a veteran observer of the campaigns. thank you. >> always a pleasure to be here. >> what is your reaction overall to the debate last night? i am assuing you think mitt romney won the debate. what do you think is important about it? >> i think what's important about it is it gives governor romney a chance to get a second look from the electorate. when he was in a bad patch after the
. >> for america's future. jim vandehei with politico. >> saw him kicking a puppy at dupont circle yesterday. >> he did. actually, it was on the hill, so he must have kicked two puppies yesterday. jim. >> how is that for an introduction? >> and a good morning to all of you. >> we welcome our guest jim. we love you. let's talk about your big piece this morning. you and mike allen written one a lot of people talking about today. the romney family rebellion, tell us what happened. >> yeah, i think it's a pretty interesting look in what's happened behind the scenes in the romney campaign over the last two to three weeks and what you've seen is really the family asserting itself with mitt romney. particularly ann romney and tagg romney. softening his image, projecting a more moderate image, particularly in the debate and since then. and i think the victim in all of this would be stewart stevens, the chief strategist from the beginning and several campaign officials have told us he's been fenced in. basically doing ads, not doing a lot of the grand strategy. that's been turned over to people like tagg ro
in this process including jim lehrer to try to make the last 40 days better than what we've seen so far. the country deserves better and these candidates are better than their campaigns in terms of trying to actually tell the truth about the challenges we face. >> thank you to emmy darling mark halperin for leaving us less depressed and less confused than when we started the hour. thanks for your time, mark. >> thanks, alex. >> coming up, not so great expectations, both campaigns try to lower the bar ahead of tonight's debate we will try to sneak a peek inside the playbook. smoke screen and strategy with the obama campaign's ben labolt, just ahead. time for the entrepreneur of the week. andrew is the fourth generation of rosenwach tanks. find his family's wooden water tanks on hundreds of new york city rooftops. these tanks are shaped by hand with half century old tools. he says you don't throw out what works. you just build upon it. watch your business this sunday morning at 7:30 on msnbc. i'm only in my 60's... i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare d
and former senator jim talent joins us next. msnbc's prime time coverage of tonight's debate hosted by rachel maddow in new york and chris mathews in denver begins at 8:00 eastern after "hard ball." this is "andrea mitchell reports" live in denver only on msnbc. hey. hey eddie. i brought your stuff. you don't have to do this. yes i do. i want you to keep this. it'd be weird. take care. you too. [ sighs ] so how did it go? he's upset. [ male announcer ] spend less time at gas stations with best in class fuel economy. it's our most innovative altima ever. ♪ check out the latest collection of snacks from lean cuisine. creamy spinach artichoke dip, crispy garlic chicken spring rolls. they're this season's must-have accessory. ln cuisine. be culinary chic. >>> i couldn't believe the other day when the president's opponents said that the 47% of the american people who don't pay income tax, just want to hang around and be dependent on the government, you know, we just had to ween them off of that because they didn't want to pay income tax. now, a guy with a tax account in the cayman islands is att
of that segment. let me just make this comment. i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs, i love big bird. i actually like you, too. i'm not going to keep spending bhun on thi money on things -- >> let's -- >> let's get back to medicare. the president said the government could provide it at a lower cost without a profit. let's -- >> let's not. let's let him respond. let's let him respond to this specific on dodd/frank and what the governor just said. >> massachusetts governor mitt romney rolling over the debate moderator, jim lehrer, of pbs last night during the first presidential debate of this campaign season. joining us now for the interview is dan rather, host of "dan rather reports" on access tv. anchor of cbs' "evening news" for 20 years and a veteran observer of the campaigns. thank you. >> always a pleasure to be here. >> what is your reaction overall to the debate last night? i am assuming you think mitt romney won the debate. what do you think is important about it? >> i think what's important about it is it gives governor romney a answchance to get a se look fr
the biggest breaks to the highest. romney made a point of saying he'd cut the budget for pbs, even to jim lehrer. >> i like pbs, big bird. i actually love you, too, but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to b r borrow money from china to pay for. >> he'll get rid of regular laces on wall street, but he's going to crack down on sesame street. >> today, a key romney surrogate said this. >> what people saw was president that revealed his imcompetence, how lazy and detached he is. he didn't want to prepare for this debate. he's lazy and disengaged. >> now, the pressure is on paul ryan and joe biden, who debate next week. >> i don't want to say anything in the debate that's not completely accurate. >> and the stakes are a lot higher for the president to come up with a different game plan for his next debate with mitt romney two weeks from now. >> andrea mitchell remains in denver, colorado. and thanks to social media. getting reaction to a debate isn't a morning after thing anymore. it's a real time thing about the talk about the event is still going on tonight. that part of ou
're-- >> and actually, yes. >> now, i'm asking you, do you like jim lehrer here. >> i came prepared. >> listen to this song, this is the song adele has written for the new movie "sky fall". ♪ the way i'm so late ♪ if the sky fall and we crumble ♪ ♪ >> now (laughter) >> now, carly simon has done songs for them. incredible, the music. i like the music. look at you. >> oh, dramatic ♪ ♪ musicic, i'm singing ♪ ♪ diamonds are forever >> the title. >> and a boy band. >> kimberly guilfoyle ♪ >> it was a great song ♪ live and let die >> let the maestro intervene and say that one more thing is coming up. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] one in six. that's w many struggle with hunger in america. ♪ but what if there was a simple way to feedhose in need? now, there is. shop walmart for select brands' low prices through october 12th and you help secure meals for local families. go to walmart.com/hunger and learn more about how you can join the fight. because hunger is a big problem and it needs a big answer. [ male announcer ] how do you turn an entrepreneur's dream... ♪ into a scoote
'm asking you, do you like jim lehrer here. >> i came prepared. >> listen to this song, this is the song adele has written for the new movie "sky fall". ♪ the way i'm so late ♪ if the sky fall and we crumble ♪ ♪ >> now (laughter) >> now, carly simon has done songs for them. incredible, the music. i like the music. look at you. >> oh, dramatic ♪ ♪ musicic, i'm singing ♪ ♪ diamonds are forever >> the title. >> and a boy band. >> kimberly guilfoyle ♪ >> song ♪ live and let die >> let the maestro intervene and say that one more thing is coming up. ♪ ♪ >> hey, it's time now for one more thing on this friday, eric? >> some sound bites speak for themselves. >> you know the phrase always used, obama and biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. guess what? yes, we do in one regard. we want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn't have to bear the burden of all of that money going to the super wealthy. >> and the obama campaign is going like this. did someone call the vice-president a liar for us? can we got that out there. >> and
, like jim this the s movie "sky i'm so late ♪ ♪ if the sky fall and we ♪ >> let the maestro intervene and say that one more thing is coming up. ♪ ♪ >> hey, it's time now for one more thing on this friday, eric? >> some sound bites speak for themselves. >> you know the phrase always used, obama and biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. guess what? yes, we do in one regard. we want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn't have to bear the burden of all of that money going to the super wealthy. >> and the obama campaign is going like this. did someone call the vice-president a liar for us? can we got that out there. >> and saying the media should start writing the headlines. that's a bad one, i can imagine they're not happy with that. >> and i said peter kniffin, i meant to say david nifvif. >> i live in new york and i'm stressed out don't know what to. the doctor says get a dog. i finally went a dog his name is caspar, he's adorable. >> you're lying. >> no, caspar, i picked him up this week, he's the smartest most lovable dog on the planet a
disagreed over whose turn it was to speak. >> jim -- the president began this segment so i think i get the last word. so i -- >> you get the first word in the next segment. >> but he gets the first word of the segment and i get the last word. let me make the comment. >> let's get back to medicare. >> i had five seconds before he interrupted me. >> and ready to rumble, steven colbert helps train jon stewart for his weekend showdown with bill o'reilly, that is if he doesn't chicken out first. >> jon, you're in worst shape than i thought. i'm going to have to take this to another level. full immersion. guenther, fetch me chucker carlson. thank you. >> so, after i use the chicken to wash your car. >> yes. >> am i ready? >> no. not even close, because to defeat bill o'reilly you must first catch the bird, wax my car with the bird and absorb its soul, the bird to defeat bill o'reilly you must make the bird into a chick-fil-a fillet sandwich. >> no. that is completely absurd! do you want to win? >> i do want to win. >> let the training begin. >> all right! ah -- >> good day. i'm andrea mitche
and walked all over jim lehrer and obama didn't fight back. obama had the facts and didn't use them, but this is what obama does. in 2008 when he ran against hillary clinton, people said he wasn't fighting hard enough and against john mccain and in the health care debate, he wasn't fighting hard enough. he won all the fights. >> what's interesting, our first team and others brought up the comparison of the incumbent curse. george w. bush, ronald reagan in '84, george h.w. bush in '92, the president didn't seem to be on his game. mitt romney made a surprise appearance to a cpac event in denver still courting the conservatives but say if you know people that voted for president obama, tell them to come on over to our side. that's ironic because i don't imagine he knows many conservative republicans who voted for president obama the last time or plan to this time. nevertheless, you're no fan of governor romney. did you become a fan last night as a conservative who has doubted his credibility from the minute he entered this race? >> well, i think my credentials as a non-romney show are
's performance, it seemed like he just wanted to take what was presented whatever topic either jim herrer or governor romney brought up that's where the president was going to play defense and push back. he did not try to turn anything. i can't really explain why he didn't but it certainly didn't serve him well. there's a reason they've driven women's issue and the 47% and done it feb tifkly, why he thought the debate wasn't the place to drive those, i do not know. >> david brooks column in "the new york times" says that on wednesday night romney finally emerged from the fog, broke with the stereotypes of his party and long last began the process of offering a more authentic version of himself. susan? >> 34 days before the election. talk about waiting until the last minute to do so. you know, one of the things he did, mark made the point that maybe the move to the center wasn't quite as stark as some people are portraying it. wasn't this the tonal change we thought we would see last spring when he clenched -- >> where was the pivot. >> we kept waiting for which did not come until the firs
-atlantic states, sunny and warm out west. that's what's going on around the country -- wow, jim corigan, oh, yeah. great eyebrows, bad chin. that's what's >> good morning. we expect off and on light rain showers. the humidity should go down. >> it's a strong, manly chin. david? >> thanks, al. the new normal -- where am i? i'm trying to work here. the new normal when it comes to building a family. but first, this is "today" on nbc. >>> back now at 8:38. and this morning on the new normal, reshaping the american family. as we see on nbc's new comedy "the new normal," there are different options when it comes to having children. good morning, good to see you. >> good morning, savannah. one of those choices is surrogacy. couples are looking in unlikely places. >> look, daddy, a snow angel. >> reporter: explaining the miracle of life to their 4-year-old twins can be a little tricky. >> what do you tell them about how they came into the world? >> we've always said that there's a lovely lady who carried you in her belly. because of her, you are with us. >> reporter: that lovely lady was a surrogate. aft
the eastern sea board, rain. sunny and warm out west. that's what's going on around the country -- wow, jim corrigan, yeah. great eyebrows, bad chin. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning viewers in southern maryland had a beautiful double rainbow around dawn. this photo taken by nikki. thanks for sending that in. post your photos to www.nbcwashington.com. we have a few lingering sprinkles across northern virginia, maryland and east and west virginia. they will be ending over the next hour or so. the sun breaking out with highs near 80. low humidity moves in. lower humidity on friday and saturday. showers saturday evening. >> it's a strong, manly chin. david? >> thanks, al. the new normal -- where am i? i'm trying to work here. the new normal when it comes to building a family. but first, this is "today" on nbc. >>> back now at 8:38. and this morning on the new normal, reshaping the american family. as we see on nbc's new comedy "the new normal," there are different options when it comes to having children. good morning
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